reply to post by zorgon
Great post zorgon, and it's nice to see you back posting more frequently, I want to add.
As you pointed out, Judges in fact exist to find a remedy. They are only doing their job fully when they arrive at a remedy. So a good judge, is not
going to offer as a remedy something that is not realistic, as that is no remedy at all. They have a fair idea of the cost of living, and how far
one's income goes, and no, a good judge is not realistically going to expect you to starve, go homeless, or hitch hike to work to pay your creditors.
In fact good creditors are like good judges, a good creditor too exists to find a remedy, after all they would like to get paid back.
This is where many people end up denying creditors the ability to be good creditors. After they have failed to maintain their original obligation, and
seek to address the problem with the creditor, they tend to feel like they have to over promise.
Your payment was supposed to be 500.00 a month, and the nice but stern representative says well we can drop it down to 350.00 but you have to send
that 350.00 today and we have to recieve it by tomorrow.
Far too many people will say yes to that even though they know they only have 200.00 in their pocket, and can at best pay 200.00 a month.
So they over promise and then under deliver.
Be honest tell them the truth, no, I don't have 350.00 I have 200.00 and no I can't pay 350.00 a month, I would still be laid all the time or
couldn't pay at all. I know though I can pay 200.00. The negotiators job is to get you to pay as much as you will agree too, but the debtor and
creditor are only fooling one another when they fail to be fully honest.
Tell them the truth, after all if you don't make that 350.00 payment the next day and then every month, you are still going to end up in default and
the little extra time you might have bought is not going to save your standing with the creditor or sometimes your property itself from being
repossesed or foreclosed.
Be firm, be honest, say look I have 200.00 it's going to cost 20.00 to wire it to you, I can give you 180.00 now, and then 200.00 on the 15th of
every month. If the negotiator says no, then ask them to run it by a supervisor, if the supervisor says no, ask to speak to the supervisor yourself,
if they say no, ask to speak to their manager.
Ultimately the creditor really is looking for you to be credible, making agreements that you can't live up to is only going to prevent you from ever
being credible and reliable, and that is when they will write off the debt, sell it to a debt collector, reposses or foreclose, once you have
established that you have no credibility at all.
Judges aren't so unrealistic as Debtors or Creditors, they aren't there to make money for the Creditor like the Creditor's negotiater is, they are
there to find a remedy!